The NSW RFS administers funds for works and projects that increase the resilience of NSW communities to bush fires.
Funding is allocated in accordance with BFCC Policy 1/2011 – Allocation Principles for Funding of Bush Fire Mitigation Works.
There are a number of different streams from which grant funding can be allocated. This includes both the NSW RFS programmes as well as State and Commonwealth initiatives.
The following grants are directly administered by the NSW RFS:
The Natural Disaster Resilience Programme (NDRP) is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and NSW Government. Funding streams available under NDRP includes the:
- Bush Fire Grants Scheme
- Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme
More information on NDRP can be found on the Office of Emergency Management website.
Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme
NSW RFS Brigade funding applications submitted under the current 2018/19 Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme have now been determined by the Office of Emergency Management. The outcomes for these proposals were announced in January 2019 and advice on successful and unsuccessful applications are to be circulated to applicants via the NSW RFS District Offices.
The Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme supports projects that enhance the recruitment, retention and training of emergency service volunteers. It is expected that this Scheme will once again be available in 2019/20. Please see the Office of Emergency Management website as well as the Programme Guide and list of Eligible and Ineligible Purchases for further information.
Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Grants Programme
This funding programme assists public land managers / owners to undertake bush fire mitigation works, to provide access for fire fighting, and to deliver projects that increase the resilience of NSW communities to bush fire. The funding is available to supplement resources of public land managers/owners and enable additional works to be implemented.
Local Councils, State Government Agencies and Forestry Corporation of NSW are all eligible to apply for grants under this programme. Applications must be made via the NSW RFS Grant Funding Portal https://funding.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
The Application Guide provides an overview of the Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Programme along with information that will assist with the preparation and submission of applications. Checklists are available detailing the key requirements for applications:
- Fire Trails Checklist (BFCC Policy 2/2007)
- Fire Trails Checklist (BFCC Policy 1/2017)
- Hazard Reduction Checklist
Brigade Mitigation Support Programme
This funding programme supports NSW RFS Brigades in carrying out hazard reduction burning activities across the State. Applications for funding through this programme are prepared by the NSW RFS District Office, and are submitted by a NSW RFS Manager (or above) via the NSW RFS Grant Funding Portal https://funding.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
The Application Guide provides an overview of the Brigade Mitigation Support Programme along with information that will assist with the preparation and submission of applications.
Applications for funding under Round 1 of the 2019/20 Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Programme and Brigade Mitigation Support Programme will close on the 29 March 2019.
The schedule for Round 1 applications has been brought forward this year to allow for more timely funding approvals. Round 1 applications will be forwarded to the relevant Bush Fire Management Committee (BFMC) for review, comment and prioritisation. A list of applications will be sent via email to BFMC Executive Officers by 8 April 2019. The outcome of the BFMC review is due to be returned by 22 April 2019. Funding proposals received through Round 1 will be determined with the outcomes circulated to applicants and BFMCs.
Funding allocations under Round 2 of the 2018/19 Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Programme and Brigade Mitigation Support Programme have been finalised. Funding approvals were issued in February 2019 with a summary of the outcomes for Round 2 applications also circulated to applicants and BFMCs.
More than $7 million has now been allocated to land management agencies with nearly $4 million issued to NSW RFS Brigades so far this financial year. Remember that funding applications for urgent hazard reduction burning can be submitted by NSW RFS and public land managers / owners at any time. For these types of applications, please contact Grants and Coordination Programmes to request a priority assessment.
For more information on applying for grants funding please see the Application Guide. You can contact Grants and Coordination Programmes via email Bushfiregrantprogrammes@rfs.nsw.gov.au or phone on 02 8741 5493.